Economics should be open

October 1, 2008

stata, double quotes, file names with spaces, foreach

Filed under: Data Insights, Stata — Tags: , , , , , , , — howardchong @ 9:59 pm

It took me more than 10 minutes to figure out, so I’m posting this tip here.

I needed to loop over several files. Pseudocode would look like this:

global files a.csv b.csv c.csv

foreach file of global files {



Problem was that my filenames had spaces. I tried the following, but it didn’t quite work.

global files “a data.csv” “b data.csv” “c data.csv”


The solution that finally worked was to use Stata’s annoying double quotes:


global filelist `””STOXX 600 1of3.csv” “STOXX 600 2of3.csv” “STOXX 600 3of3.csv””‘


Note the extra `” and “‘ at the ends.


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